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Safeguarding Against the Storm

Hurricane preparedness is a part of life in St. Pete and the City of St. Petersburg urges citizens to take necessary precautions to protect themselves, their home and property, and their communities before, during, and after the storm. Much of St. Pete lies in evacuation zones; make sure you have a plan before there’s a storm approaching. 

Are you a resident who also owns a business in St. Pete? Click here to see a centralized page for federal, state, county, and local resources specific to business owners.

Evacuation Info | Sign Up for Alerts | Debris Removal | Sandbags | Report An Issue


  • Know Your Zone
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  • Guide to Hurricane Planning
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  • Sign Up for Alert St. Pete
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  • Shelter Information
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  • Report An Issue
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  • Flooding Information
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  • Sandbags
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  • Debris Removal
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How To Prepare For A Storm

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before there’s one approaching. View the City’s Good Neighbor Guide: Hurricane Planning for tips on how to prepare for hurricane season.


Take the necessary steps to prepare yourself, your family, and your home in the event that you need to evacuate. Don't wait until a storm approaches; know your zone and make a plan now. 

Evacuation Assistance Program

Residents who require assistance in an evacuation should pre-register as early as possible. Through the Evacuation Assistance Program, citizens who cannot transport themselves to a shelter will be taken to a general evacuation shelter, a special needs shelter (John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S., St. Petersburg), or the appropriate facility, such as a hospital or nursing home. Residents MUST pre-register to access these services and should NOT wait until a storm is approaching. Register for evacuation assistance today at 727-551-3822. 

Accessibility Preparation

All St. Pete residents should be prepared for emergencies, and people with disabilities need to make additional preparations to ensure their safety and comfort in the event of an emergency situation. An evacuation assistance program is offered to help local residents with special needs in the event of an evacuation due to a hurricane or other emergency situation. Residents MUST register before services are needed. Register for evacuation assistance on Pinellas County's website or call 727-551-3822. Find more resources here.

Preparing Your Boat

Don't forget to consider your boat when preparing for a storm. Find boat preparation tips from Pinellas County.

Pet Preparedness

Pet owners are responsible for disaster planning for their pets. If you plan to evacuate, plan for your pet as well. Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets. If you plan to go to a public shelter, make other provisions for your pet. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR ANIMALS BEHIND IF YOU EVACUATE. 

Volunteers are needed to help with Pet Pick-ups from Special Needs citizens during evacuations. Find out more about Animal Services calls.

Tips to Follow During The Storm

Follow Pinellas County's guide for what to do and when to act during a storm. Be prepared to evacuate, if necessary. Monitor the appropriate news channels in your local area for instructions as well as StPeteTV (Cable 615/15/20). Find out how to get alerts from your cell phone when the power is out. Learn where sandbags will be available, generator safety tips and local radio stations that will broadcast city information.

The City of St. Petersburg will also provide storm-related information through its social media channels. Follow us on Facebook at  or on Twitter @StPeteFL or St. Pete Public Works @StPetePW. 

What to Do After the Storm

After the storm passes, use a battery-powered radio to listen for news reports about damage, road closures, power outages, and other emergency instructions. Continue to follow the City of St. Petersburg on social media for real time updates. 

Plan on three to seven days of uncertainty, depending on the storm, and be prepared with enough supplies in your storm emergency kit (food, water, medications, and entertainment). If Pinellas County is hit by a hurricane, it could be several weeks or even months before life gets back to normal.

Following severe storm activity and power disruptions, there may be non-working traffic signals in the city. If you encounter an inoperable signal, remember to approach the intersection as a four-way stop. At a four-way stop, the first vehicle to reach the intersection should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

Debris Removal

Debris removal protocols vary from storm to storm. Check this site in the aftermath of a storm for the most up-to-date debris removal instructions.

Property Repair

As property owners make repairs to storm-damaged structures, the City of St. Petersburg reminds residential and commercial property owners to obtain the proper permits and to use licensed contractors.

Work which does not require a permit includes minor repair including cosmetic and finishing work. A list of work exempt from permit requirements is available on the permitting page. 

The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB) site includes a list of licensed contractors and the Disaster Contractors Network lists contractors who are registered with FEMA for disaster-related projects.